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Beale, Trotter to run for Jackson`s 2nd district seat

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Two more candidates took formal steps Monday to enter February's special congressional primary election.

With more a dozen preparing to run for Jesse Jackson Junior's former House Seat and with the primary just 90 days away, this will be a short, whirlwind campaign.

SEE: Halvorson to vie to replace Jackson, Pastor Brooks considers run

State Sen. Donne Trotter told Fox 32 News that he's planning what might be the season's first campaign rally for this weekend and Ald. Tony Beale said he'd try to revive one of Jackson's unrealized dreams: a big new airport in the South Suburbs.

"I think that a third airport can not only help the South Suburban area and the South Side of Chicago, but I think it can help the city of Chicago and I think we have to figure out a way to do that," Beale said. "And I think that I'm the person that can make that happen…I think that I can sway people into knowing that this best for the area."

Also talking transportation earlier in the day was former Congresswoman Deb Halvorson. She focused on a project Mayor Emanuel strongly supports.

"We're right here at 95th St. The extension of the Red Line. We need to right away make sure that is extended. It needs to go to at least the city limits, 130th Street," Halvorson said.

With more than a dozen serious candidates preparing to run in a district that is about 55% African-American, some black leaders, including Rep. Bobby Rush have called for the community to coalesce around a consensus black candidate. Others say such efforts are pointless.

WVON talk show host Cliff Kelley interviewed another candidate this evening. Reverend Corey Brooks is leading a big church-related fundraising drive, but may move to Congress instead.

Kelley told Fox 32 that she doesn't think Rush will be able to pull off a win.

"There are too many people out there, recognizing the fact that, with a lot of people running, anybody could win," Kelley says.

"People should have a right to choose who they want to choose," Brooks said about his thoughts on a consensus black candidate. "That's why we live in America. That's why we do what we do. That's why we have free elections."

There's another group preparing to intervene. The Second Congressional District extends from Chicago's South Lakefront through part of Will County and all of Kankakee County, but Cook County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Berrios said his group will soon hold a slatemaking session in an effort to "clear out this field." He said, "too many are running."

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